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The Chisellers [Paperback]

Brendan O'Carroll
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Book Description

18 Nov 2011

The second book in the Agnes Browne trilogy, the basis for the BAFTA-award winning TV series Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Continuing the hilarious saga of the ups and downs, minor scrapes and major run-ins of the seven children of Agnes Browne, The Mammy of the bestselling novel of the same name. Full of joy, humour, pathos and the raw vernacular of the Dublin streets.

Agnes Browne and her seven 'chisellers' take on the world … and win!

It's three years since Redser's death and Agnes Browne soldiers on, being mother, father and referee to her fighting family of seven. Helped out financially by her eldest, and hormonally by the amorous Pierre, Agnes copes with family tragedy, success and the move from the Jarro to the 'wilds of the country' -- suburban Finglas.

And when the family's dreams are threatened by an unscrupulous gangster he learns a costly lesson -- don't mess with the children of Agnes Browne!

With a new introduction by the author, Brendan O’Carroll.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press; 2 edition (18 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847173233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847173232
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (161 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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International star of multiple BAFTA-award-winning TV series Mrs Brown's Boys and Mrs Brown's Boys: d'Movie, Brendan O’Carroll's story begins very modestly.

The youngest of eleven children, Brendan O’Carroll was born in Dublin’s inner-city in 1955. His mother, Maureen, was a Labour TD (MP) and a huge influence on his life. He left school at 12 and worked as a waiter, trying many other occupations in his spare time - disco manager, milkman, pirate radio disc-jockey, painter-decorator etc.

For a time he ran his own bar and cabaret lounge before being persuaded to try the comedy circuit. The gigs were small at first and even included his own version of ‘Blind Date’, but word soon got around about this original and outrageous funnyman: soon there was standing-room only.

The real turning point in Brendan’s career was his first appearance on The Late Late Show, Ireland’s longest-running chat show: the studio audience and viewers loved him. His first video Live at the Tivoli went straight to No 1, knocking U2 out of the top slot and pushing Garth Brooks to No 3. In 1994 he was voted Ireland’s No 1 Variety Entertainer at the National Entertainment Awards.

He went on to make best-selling videos, and a bestselling record, as well as touring in Ireland, the UK and the USA.

The radio show Mrs Browne’s Boys, written by and starring Brendan, had a phenomenal daily audience on 2FM and led to the creation of Agnes Browne as the central character in Brendan’s first novel, The Mammy, published in 1994. The book topped the bestseller charts in Ireland for months and the film rights were snapped up.

The Mammy was followed by The Chisellers and The Granny: all three were huge bestsellers. Holywood came calling when Anjelica Huston read and loved Brendan's books: she made her directorial debut with Agnes Browne.

Brendan toured several other stage shows with Agnes Browne as the central character, before a BBC producer saw the show and felt there was television potential. Initially broadcast in a quiet late evening slot, Mrs Brown's Boys quickly became a huge word-of-mouth hit, and quickly moved to primetime, including several Christmas Day specials. A huge success in Australia and other countries where it has been shown, the enduring appeal of Agnes and her family is secure.

Brendan continues to write and perform as Agnes Browne, most recently in Mrs Brown's Boys: d'Movie (2014)


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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without Qualification, Flawless the Sequel 27 Jan 2003
By taking a rest HALL OF FAME
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A sequel to a wonderful book is inherently at risk. For when it is to be read by a person familiar with the initial experience, part two is almost predestined to be disappointment. Book one has the advantage of introducing all that is new. The final of the three can tie all the experiences together, can bring closure. But the middle event must maintain the reader's enthusiasm. When the story and its execution are excellent, the reader is enthusiastic for the final event. The last book is not read just to complete the cycle. Happily there are no absolutes, exceptions ensure that there will be pleasant surprises, not all repeated experience need be as expected.

With, "The Chisellers", Mr. Brendan O'Carroll has repeated the brilliance of, "The Mammy", without resorting to repeating himself as a writer, or forcing his characters to remain unchanged. This writer brings all of the people you love in part one and he allows them to evolve as a person would in their own life. The mood of this book is different, but is also a natural progression. The Browne Clan is getting older; adulthood envelops some, while it still awaits the younger children. Agnes too is aging, adapting to the dramatic changes she was forced to cope with in the first book. However as I mentioned when commenting upon, "The Mammy", Mr. O'Carroll tells a wonderful story, which happens to take place with an Irish Family. While it is true this brings with it some detail that may be familiar, the fact that this is an Irish Family is never what drives this book. He never allows his work to cheat and use the easy cliché.

The Author also brings to this wonderful trilogy people that are not Catholic, that are not Irish, and they are not by default the evil players.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This book was great, just like the Mammy Brendan O'Carroll has managed to keep the Browne family saga together and with it kept me entertained so much that I wanted to read the Granny to find out what happens next. When reading about Agnes Browne and her brood I felt a part of it and wanted it never to end - IT WAS GREAT!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Chisellers, Brendan O'Carroll 9 May 2011
By Rainey
Format:Paperback
Second in the Agnes Browne series, The Chisellers tells us about how Agnes and her family cope with moving to Finglas from the Jarro; how Mark Browne becomes the real 'man of the house' and saves a business from sinking; and how Francis (Frankie) Browne alienates his family and ends up living a life of crime and paying the ultimate price for his addictions.

Another great read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars chisillers 17 April 2012
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out of the 3 books in the sequel this is the one I liked the least. It is the middle one of the three books and I was really disappointed with this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Me Mammy 14 Jun 2013
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Oh my goodness, what a laugh, I couldn't put this down read it over to nights. What can I say, Brilliant
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant book 9 May 2011
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brilliant book as good as the Mammy which is brilliant too, funny but sad a great read couldn't put it down
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars the chusellers 16 April 2010
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the book is siply wirtten, so accessable to any age. its semi historical moral tail about importance of family to each member, with some very funny moments for good messure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, sorry! 30 July 2011
By Tarker
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No where near as good or as funny as The Mammy but still worth purchasing in order to complete the series of books.
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